ONS: 20 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 20, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN convoy attacked in Sudan’s Abyei province
  • ASIA: A Pakistani suicide bomber targeted American consulate vehicles
  • EUROPE: Russia added conditions to a Belarus bailout
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexican police seized weapons after a gun battle with the Gulf drug cartel
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian forces withdrew from Talkalakh
  • TECHNOLOGY: Social media companies defended privacy policies before Congress

TOP STORY

  • The Libyan government offered a conditional withdrawal of its forces from occupied cities if the opposition agreed to disarm and NATO ceased its bombing campaign.
    • NATO air strikes destroyed eight Libyan warships in response to a “growing threat” by Gaddafi’s naval asset.
    • South African photographer Anton Hammerl was murdered by Gaddafi loyalists, according to his family.
    • Coverage: WaPo, WSJ-1, NYT, WSJ-2

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: A bomb injured 3 policeman and 2 soldiers in the northeastern city of Maiduguri;  the Islamic sect Boko Haram is thought to be responsible. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: A convoy of UN and North Sudanese soldiers was attacked in Abyei; North Sudan claimed that South Sudan was responsible. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Kim Jong-Un visited China to improve relations, his first official international excursion. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A Taliban suicide bomber targeted two American-consulate vehicles in Peshawar, killing 2 and injuring 13 locals instead. (WaPo)
  • Taiwan: General Lo Hsien-Che was indicted for espionage on charges of selling military secrets to China. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A Russian military official stated the planned European missile defense system posed a “real threat” to Russia’s security. (RIA Novosti)
  • Belarus: Russian finance minister Kudrin stated that in order to receive a USD 3 billion dollar bailout from Russia, the government will have to abide by several conditions, including the sale of state assets. (Reuters)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Mexico: Authorities seized a large cache of weapons and killed 3 cartel gunmen after a running gun battle with a convoy of Gulf cartel vehicles. (AP)
  • Panama: Authorities seized 756 kilograms of cocaine in three operations conducted throughout the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: In a speech on Middle East policy, President Obama announced support for a Palestinian state with borders based on the 1967 boundaries. (WaPo, NYT)
  • Syria: Military forces began to withdraw from the western town of Talkalakh, completing a six-day operation that reportedly killed at least 36 protesters. (AP)
  • Yemen: President Saleh stated he was willing to sign the GCC-brokered power-transfer deal and that he wanted an early Presidential election “to avoid bloodshed.” (AP, AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy Issues: Google, Facebook, and Apple representatives defended their respective privacy practices before a Senate hearing on mobile phone privacy. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W
    • Location: 235 NM ESE of Yap
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Movement: NW at 3 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Telica, Nicaragua
    • Heavy seismic activity, spewing ash cloud. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21MAY)

  • Global: Judgment Day, according to some Christian groups.
  • Ivory Coast: Inauguration of President-elect Alassane Ouattara.
  • India: 20th anniversary of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

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